The US Tennis Association insist that the decision to cancel the upcoming Citi Open has no impact on whether the US Open will go ahead as planned in September.
Citi Open organisers announced today that they were pulling the tournament due to "circumstances outside their control", believed to relate to travel restrictions for players looking to enter the USA.
Despite that, the USTA are steadfast in their belief that the US Open can still go ahead at Flushing Meadows, saying they'll ensure a "safe and controlled" environment in order for the slam to proceed.
“This decision in no way impacts the US Open or the Western & Southern Open,” a statement read.
“The USTA will create a safe and controlled environment for players and everyone else involved in both tournaments that mitigates health risks that was approved by the State of New York and the federal government.
“We constantly base our decisions regarding hosting these tournaments on our three guiding principles that include safety and health of all involved, whether hosting these events are in the best interests in the sport of tennis and whether this decision is financially viable.
“We are confident we remain in-line with all three guiding principles.”
There have been over 220,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New York City to date.